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Nov 11th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson



Be encouraged by the divine word this day to “look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”. He who has commenced a good work in you will continue to do until it has been completed. He will not leave you to yourself but will always be at hand to resource and bring both life and work to a perfect fulfilment and completion. It is necessary to continually to rely upon Him and His infinite reserves to be sufficient and strong to carry out all that He sets before. And all that He has planned is to your enlargement and betterment. One can utterly rely on Him to stand by and supply all that is essential every moment of every day. As your eyes are fixed on Him and your heart rests in Him He will perfect that which concerns you.


When I was first saved in 1945 this song really got through to me although I had not spent many years in sin. The LORD was gracious and saved me early and from a life of wrongdoing. However, the memory of this great hymn lives on as it was regular in the Gospel Meetings of former years. It is a pity it isn’t sung today because it is very relevant and highlight Christ the Saviour ad His work of salvation.

William R. Newell (1868-1956) is remembered fondly as a pastor, evangelist, Bible teacher, author, conference speaker and writer of the beloved hymn At Calvary. And he is remembered as a humble man who recognized that it was only by the grace of God that he was able to accomplish so many good things.

William was a very troubled and wayward teenager. In desperation, his father wrote to the president of Moody Bible Institute, and begged him to allow the enrolment of his son. Since the college was open to serious Bible students, the president was at first resistant, but finally agreed that Newell would be enrolled with the proviso that he would meet with the president daily, and would take his studies seriously. A father’s prayers, a college president’s commitment, and the three steps forward, two steps back efforts of Newell eventually resulted in the young man not only graduating, but several years later returning to the Moody Institte as a teacher.
In 1895, William Newell put the testimony of his life into poetry format. His friend and fellow Bible teacher, Doctor Daniel Towner, Director of music at Moody Bible, read the words and knew they would be powerful when put to music. The result was the beautiful hymn .

YEARS I SPENT IN Vanity and  Pride

Years I spent in vanity and pride, Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.   Refrain

Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary. Refrain

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,  Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary! Refrain

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan! Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary! Refrain


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude – Maya Angelou


SERVICE NOT POSITION – Matthew 20: 17-28

Having just stated the purpose of His life and mission, the mother of James and John comes with this desire for her sons of Christ – vv20, 21. She was anxious that her boys would have honoured status and position in Christ’s coming Kingdom. The rest of the disciples were indignant and were equally self seeking and desirous of having an honoured standing and eminence at a future time -24. Christ made it known that this was the behaviour and way of the heathen – the Gentiles. People seek recognition, to have authority and dominion over others.

The Kingdom of God was of a different nature and order. It is not based upon status but service. It is not looking for an honoured position but it is being committed to loving and serving others in a humble and beautiful manner. Those who would be lords must learn to be slaves and become the willing bondservants of others. The pattern of the kingdom life, nature and order is seen in the King, Christ. He laid down the example: “Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many” – v28.

Your inspiration in life is to be the same. It is not a case of holding some office or position of importance in the Church of Christ but to be sacredly and passionately involved in doing all the good you can for others. There is no greater joy or pleasure than pouring your life out for the welfare and blessing of others. Position seeking is motivated by pride, displays an attitude of superiority and is destructive. As you serve in humility you will find fulfilment and others will recognize your real worth.












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